Our Story

The idea for My Condolences started as a small seed during the .com boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s. When I was in college working in the scientific visualization lab, I had the fabulous idea to create a website that would allow people to send online messages and virtual flowers when someone passed away. I was going to call it, “Seated in Heavenly Places.” Well, I was afraid to pursue that idea and others told me the funeral industry was too personal. As fate would have it, within six months of me giving up on its pursuit, my idea was being used by funeral homes and newspapers all over the country – opportunity lost.

 

The passion for My Condolences started when I was a child growing up in a small, mid-western town. See, my grandmother and her childhood friends started a group they officially named, “The Friends.” The Friends’ mission was to support families in their time of bereavement. Whenever there was a death in the community, they would jump into action by ensuring the families did not have to worry about the little details of preparing food, getting supplies, watching the house, or greeting guests – because “The Friends” would handle it. All they wanted the families to do was take care of themselves during those difficult times. They understood the value of community, caring for others, service, and empathy.  The Friends shaped the way I viewed the world, and they still do.

 

My Condolences was birthed in 2020 during the global coronavirus pandemic. While watching the news, we all felt the pain of multitudes of families who were left to grieve alone. It was such a helpless feeling. Around this same time, two friends reminded me of the idea I had in college and the work to create My Condolences began almost immediately. It was then that I decided to pursue my idea of a self-serve, virtual memorial service platform to allow family and friends to gather no matter the circumstances or distance. This time, the feeling of helplessness was driving me. The idea for My Condolences took on a life of its own and things started falling into place very quickly. With new developments in technology, the My Condolences platform goes beyond posting heartfelt sentiments and sending virtual flowers, to live streaming, donating to charity, sharing pictures, videos, and messages, and so much more. I spent every available moment, working on the My Condolences platform. Within one year, I officially launched My Condolences.

 

It is my hope that My Condolences makes gathering to celebrate the life of your loved one a little easier.

 

Many blessings to you…